Course Builder has the option to let instructors create course right from the frontend. To do so, go to the frontend Dashboard > Click on “Add A New Course” button.
The Basics of Course Creation
You’ll find it very easy to create a course with a click of a button. All the task can be done in one place. There’s this Course Builder section which will take care of creating topics, lessons, quizzes, assignments, and questions. Mostly everything that is accessible to a student once they enroll in a course. The rest of the sections control the data that will be put on the Course overview page. First thing first, lets set up the Course overview page.
Course Title: This is where you type in the name of the course. Try to keep it brief and precise.
Description: Your complete course description goes to the Description field. Here you highlight why the course should be taken and who is the appropriate audience for the course.
Choose Categories: For a better understanding and easier navigation, it’s better to assign the course to a category.
Course Price: Put the price in the text field and your course will then appear automatically in the sites ecommerce section.
Level: This is the general categorization of all the courses. Defining difficulty level here would provide a better user experience.
Course Thumbnail: It’s basically the banner image for the course. It will appear either as the course thumbnail or as the banner image in the respective pages.
This section lets you add and control the settings of the introduction video which typically appears on the course overview page.
Course Intro Video: You can select the introduction video from three sources: HTML5, YouTube, Vimeo, and External URL. Choosing HTML5 will let you upload mp4 video on your site.
Video Poster: You can upload a custom poster (thumbnail) for the video using this functionality.
This section controls the little yet important details about a course. All the data given here will be shown on the course overview page.
Total Course Duration: It is the ideal duration of how long it will normally take to finish the course.
Benefits of this course: You should put some oneliners here on how the course can benefit the ones who take it.
Requirements/Instructions: You should put some oneliners to help better understand what are the requirements for this course.
Targeted Audience: You should put a few one-line sentences on who are the people that can be most benefited from this course.
Materials include: These are one-liners too. You can write down what are the materials you’d be providing on this course.
The course builder section is like an index for the course. You can create topics to create and decorate your lessons & quizzes. It will help the users to navigate through the course properly.
A course is normally divided by chapters or weeks, the lessons and quizzes are typically assigned to those chapters or weeks. A topic helps you to organize the course in that manner. Clicking the “Add new topic” button will open up its respective fields.
Now that we’ve created questions for our quiz, we need to know the settings to set up the quiz the way we want to. Browse to the Settings tab.
Time Limit: You can determine the quiz duration using this function. You can even hide the quiz time if needed. In case you don’t want to put a time limitation, then set the limit to 0.
Attempts Allowed: If you want a fixed number of attempts to be allowed for taking the quiz, then you can set it from here. For instance: if you set the limit to 5, that means a student can attempt to take the quiz for 5 times at best.
Passing Grade: As the name suggests, a student has to obtain this mark in order to pass the quiz. For instance: 70% means they need to score 70 out of 100 to pass the quiz.
Max Questions Allowed To Answer: It’s a bit tricky. This feature is introduced to randomize questions in a quiz. The purpose of this function would be more clear with an example. Say you have 50 questions in a quiz, if you put 50 here, a student will have to answer all the 50 questions in order to complete the quiz. But if you put 10 here, the student will have to answer only 10 questions out of the 50 and these 10 questions will appear randomly. No student will get the same set of questions.
Quiz Advanced Options
There are a few additional settings to give you access to more advanced options.
Quiz Auto Start: Enabling this feature will make the quiz to start automatically when a student enters to the quiz page.
Question Layout: You can control how the questions will appear in the quiz using this function.
Hide Question Number: Turning it on will put a serial number in front of every question.
Short Answer Characters Limit: You can define the character limit for the “Short Answer” question type from here.